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Suspension of principalPolitical atmosphere heats up in Madhya Pradesh, Cong dubs govt’s decision anti-dalit

The Congress has dubbed the BJP government as anti-Dalit for suspending the Dalit principal of government degree-college in Mungawali in the wake of Guna MP and Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia visiting the college on October 10.

bhopal Updated: Oct 13, 2017 15:29 IST
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The Congress has dubbed the BJP government as anti-Dalit for suspending the Dalit principal of government degree-college in Mungawali in the wake of Guna MP and Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia visiting the college on October 10.

Addressing the media on Saturday, former Congress minister Surendra Choudhary and former Congress MLA Tulsi Silawat said they were going to meet the governor and demand reinstatement of the principal B L Ahirwar.

“The suspension, without any show-cause notice, shows the true anti-Dalit nature of the BJP government and it also show the low level to which the BJP can stoop to for political ends,” said Silawat, who is a known camp follower of Scindia.

The political atmosphere in Madhya Pradesh has heated up as Congress has taken up this issue in a big way. There are two reasons for this; one Mungawali will go in for by-polls in coming months due to death of sitting Congress MLA Mahendra Singh Kalukheda and two it involves Scindia, who is among the top contenders to become the face of the Congress in the next elections. Congress workers staged protest at least at two places in the state on Thursday- Ashok Nagar and Gwalior.

While the BJP has alleged the Scindia’s visit to the college was a political event as banners and posters were there inside the college, the principal B L Ahirwar said it was not a political programme but somebody complained against him and he was suspended without giving any chance to present the facts before the authorities.

As per Congress leaders, Scindia had visited the college on an invite from the principal and being the local MP who the principal had requested to donate Rs 7 lakh for books to the students of undergraduate classes, sports materials, a water cooler and furniture.

State BJP Nandkumar Singh Chauhan sticking to his stand that Scindia violated the rules by putting up Congress hoarding and banners on the college premises said in a statement, “I will complain to the Election Commission of India regarding this”, Chauhan.

Mungwali assembly seat is to see a by-poll in the coming months. The BJP has pulled out all the stops to ensure its victory particularly in view of the BJP national president Amit Shah’s instructions to the party leaders to win Guna, Chhindwara and Jhabua-Ratlam Lok Sabha constituencies represented by Congress in Lok Sabha, in 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Desperate to win Shah has even deputed Uttar Pradesh minister Swatantra Dev Singh the task to chalk out a strategy to win the seats.

The ruling party’s desperation to appease the local BJP leaders and workers in a bid to win the by-poll is reflected well in certain other transfers too. At least three officers including sub-divisional officer of police at Mungawali Ritu Kevre, Mungwali Nagar Parishad’s chief municipal officer in charge Sanjay Shrivastava and district transport officer at Ashok Nagar Ashok Babu have been transferred.

“These are the officers against whom BJP leaders at the local level had complained to the state BJP leadership. Kevre had sent a team of police personnel to assist the local SDM to take action against illegal mining in which a ruling party leader was involved. There will be more transfers to suit the election management of the BJP as it cannot win in a free and fair election atmosphere”, alleged state Congress spokesperson Pankaj Chaturvedi.